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Woman's record cleared of cyber-stalking charges

Posted February 7, 2014
Updated July 28

A Wake County elementary school teacher assistant is accused of cyber-bullying her ex-boyfriend and his family.

Editor's Note: All charges against Catherine Louise Sartain were dismissed in December 2016, and her record expunged.

A Wake County elementary school teacher assistant is accused of cyber-bullying her ex-boyfriend and his family.

Catherine Louise Sartain, 36, of the 7000 block of Blue Water Court in Holly Springs, was charged Jan. 30 with two counts of cyber-bullying and five counts of cyber-stalking.

A spokeswoman with the Wake County Public School System said Friday that Sartain has been a teacher assistant at Yates Mill Elementary School since 2000. She is suspended with pay.

Wake County sheriff's deputies said Sartain opened two different Twitter accounts using men’s names in order to harass an ex-boyfriend and his family following their break up.

According to warrants, she posted tweets about the ex-boyfriend’s 17-year-old daughter, including what she was wearing, where she had been and that she had ads on Craigslist soliciting for sex. Investigators said Sartain had actually placed the ads on Craigslist, and “as a result numerous people showed up at the victim’s address looking for sex with a seventeen year old girl.”

Sartain was released on bond.


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  • winemaker81 Feb 11, 2014

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    REALLY? If you ever get accused of something for which you are innocent, you'll change your mind really fast.

  • Patricia Towner Feb 10, 2014
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    I am one of these people that feel guilty until proven innocent!!! She should surely not have job and should do jail time as she jeopardized this 17 years old life when people started showing up at her house. People are crazy!!!

  • avidreader Feb 7, 2014

    Agree with innocent till proven guilty but also think it should be suspension with out pay - if you are found not guilty then receive back pay that you had with held.

  • sendusmessage Feb 7, 2014

    Glad she wasn't at my kid's school.

  • happymom Feb 7, 2014

    "Innocent until proven guilty" has nothing to do with being able to keep your job after you've been arrested or charged. It just means you are considered innocent in a *court of law* until you are proven guilty. Employers aren't held to this standard- nor should they be.

    I certainly wouldn't want this woman near my child. My only complaint is that my tax dollars are still paying her salary while she's on suspension.

  • jambro22 Feb 7, 2014

    All of you innocent until proven guilty people might think different if it was happening to YOU!

  • Obamacare for America Feb 7, 2014

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    I'm sure investigators have traced her IP address and by now have seized her home computer and or mobile devices.

  • Obamacare for America Feb 7, 2014

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    Sadly, it doesn't surprise me one bit.

  • inanutshell Feb 7, 2014

    You're right SAVEENERGYMAN. Innocent until proven guilty. Also may be an angry wife who didn't like the ex-girlfriend. She may be out to get this girl. Give the girl a chance to prove her innocence.

  • jambro22 Feb 7, 2014

    She's a total nut case. This same thing happened to me when I broke up with a girlfriend. Started calling the house at all hours of the night hanging up etc...stalking me.....This was b4 stalking laws......Lock her up.